Rafael Nadal – Marin Cilic TIPS, PREVIEW & PREDICTION (23.01.2018)


Finally a little rock n roll on the other side of the globe. As Australian Open is now entering its second week, it is also time for some more familiar meetings and suddenly there is no reason to spend the nights for other than beautiful tennis.
One of the hottest meetings of the tournament so far played the night until Tuesday, Swedish time, when Rafael Nadal takes on Marin Cilic. On one side it is as if in our eyes the favorite of the title and on the other side is one of many outsiders. To meet in the fifth round is certainly no height for Marin Cilic. On the other hand, he now has the opportunity to knock out one of the biggest obstacles on the way to a possible title.
Both players have not surprisingly impressed so far, where Marin Cilic did have a bit hard to break, but at the same time looks very strong in his own serve. He does not feel completely hooked yet and here it’s hard to know what it’s all about. It may have to do with this being the year’s first tournament. It can also be a mental thing that makes him not really there yet. In any case, he should inevitably be a hundred percent concentrated and tagged when the world’s best tennis players are probably the best of the times.
Rafael Nadal is obviously a favorite
Obviously, the game companies, Rafael Nadal, are in favor of this meeting, and anything else we can not imagine. The Spaniard will, unless Marin Cilic does not make a point-free bet, to win this match. We have that conviction within us.
Unfortunately, the straight game in Spain is not really playful, so we turn our eyes in another direction. So four matches in the tournament, the Spaniard has only lost a single shot against Diego Schwartzman in the last round. At that time, the Argentinean won the tiebreak, but was consistently hard at threatening in Rafael Nadal’s serve. Overall, Rafael Nadal has had a rather comfortable trip so far and it is clear that the biggest challenge is coming only now.
Looking at the players’ peer statistics is the clear advantage for Rafael Nadal. The World Cup has 5-1 and has not lost since 2009. The last meeting, the Shanghai Masters, ended 2-0 (7-5, 7-6) to Rafael Nadal and we are thinking about something like now. A broadly comfortable victory, but a Marin Cilic that is against good.

Our Prediction: Over 12,5 games @ 4.20

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